Intermittent fasting does work when you choose a smaller window of fasting time that you can stick with to fit your lifestyle. For instance, a 14/10 hour fasting to eating window is manageable to lose weight and keep it off.
Your intermittent fasting window is the time you wait to have your first meal of the day layered onto your night and sleep time routine. A 14/10 fasting to eating window is an attainable time frame that will help you lose weight and maintain goal weight without feeling deprived or hungry. The best way to stick with this is to make your first meal really count.
What you choose for breakfast, to start your day with, does matter. The term, breakfast, literally means that your body took a break to fast while sleeping. Once awake, your body waits to metabolize until you feed it. Skipping this meal means you will lose out on all that wonderful metabolizing. Wait an hour or so after you get up and make a good combination choice – a fiber-rich carb with a lean protein and healthy fat – for less gut inflammation and more efficient movement of glucose and cholesterol through your bloodstream which will, in turn, help you to lose excess weight and increase energy to exercise, tone muscles, and sleep deeper.